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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Don't Forget: Reston Newcomers Night

6a00d8341c68df53ef00e54f9e87988834-800wi.jpgReston's Newcomers Night is this evening, from 7-9 p.m. at Reston Association Headquarters. Who wouldn't want to meet your neighbors, like the ones who post on this filthy "web log"? Newcomers to our fair planned real estate development, be sure to attend, or face the wrath of the DRB's army of flying dirigibles.


  1. Broke in Charter Oak (BiCO)November 12, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    This sounds intriguing for sure, but I don't know how comfortable I'd be coming alone to an event like this as a single 23-year-old when I'm sure MOST other "newbies" will probably be middle-aged couples with children looking for playdates. I love going to my new church, but admittedly I think I'm the only single person there under 25 who isn't accompanying parents or other relatives when he goes. Does Reston have "age-specific" newcomer events? I've so far joined a book club in Reston and have enjoyed volunteering with the Friends of the Reston Regional Library, but in both cases I felt as if I stick out like a sore thumb as a young single. In the case of the book club I'm even the only MALE, let alone only one under 40, and in the case of the book sale I felt as if my young muscles were appreciated by those nice folks, but, at the same time, I really wondered if I made people feel "awkward" socially around me with the large age gap looming overhead? If Reston (or was it Herndon?) is supposedly one of the best places in the NATION for young singles, then where are they (and don't say at the bars in DC, either).

    It seems to me like Reston does a very poor job reaching out to the college-aged and young professional crowd (i.e. 18-26-year-old demographic), and I suspect that's because so many homegrown teens hoof it out of Reston for college and nobody ever accounts for those that move TO Reston during their college years. There's all sorts of great resources for youths and for people in their 30s+ (especially couples and couples with children), but there's just that stark VOID in between that has caused me to book it out of Reston every chance I get to feel like I "fit in" somewhere in the District. Why is Reston ignoring its future leaders?

  2. When I was in high school I remembered thinking "ew, Reston is only for old people." But I love the area and my fiancee and I bought a house here this summer. I feel like we're the youngest homeowners in this still older area lol. Btw I'm 25.

    I don't think Reston is ignoring its "future leaders" so much. It's a perpetual thing that us youngins just don't care that much about debating HOA paint schemes as the stay-at-homes that have nothing better to do than complain. We're out enjoying our lives!

    *flame suit on!*

  3. Hell, I moved here *because* I enjoy the paint schemes. Seriously.

    I wonder how many younger people like you were provided access to cheaper property during the lower points of this recession. I'm not quite as young, but I was able to buy in last December.

  4. Broke in Charter Oak (BiCO)November 13, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Wow! Congratulations to you both! I don't know what industries you're both employed in to be able to afford your own homes at age 25, but as a 23-year-old I'm now finding myself faced with the prospect of picking up another job in addition to the one I already have just to pay the bills living in a 1-BR apartment. I suppose my desire to serve the public working for the Federal government wasn't quite as "cushy" as everyone told me it would be in terms of compensation. LOL!


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